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Dec 19, 2007, 07:23 PM
 
- iTunes rentals
- Merger of Apple TV and Mac Mini, the Media center Mac
- Tablet with a iPhone-like interface, iPhone + Mac hybrid:
- 160 GB HD (not SSD)
- 512 to 1 GB RAM
- Multi-touch
- Syncing over WiFi
- 13" MacBook Pro
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Dec 19, 2007, 07:28 PM
 
3G iPhone with iTunes rentals available via the WiFi store. Also MBP and MP updates. Also, 10.5.2.
     
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Dec 19, 2007, 07:29 PM
 
Subnotebook. Probably a preview of iPhone third-party apps (since apparently a few dev houses are getting the SDK early).
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Dec 19, 2007, 07:42 PM
 
3G iPhone, small MBP, and 10.5.2.
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Dec 19, 2007, 07:44 PM
 
I doubt they're going to preview a 10.x.2 release at MacWorld. "And now let me show you how we lined the buttons up slightly better in iTunes! And Airport doesn't drop out under certain rare circumstances! Boom!"
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15 - 20 consecutive "Boom"s
     
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Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
I doubt they're going to preview a 10.x.2 release at MacWorld. "And now let me show you how we lined the buttons up slightly better in iTunes! And Airport doesn't drop out under certain rare circumstances! Boom!"
I didn't say they'd preview it, but it will be released then.
     
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Dec 19, 2007, 09:41 PM
 
I'm just glad we got a thread for once without 'The Official..." at the beginning.
     
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... which means nothing said here is Going To Happen, since it's Unofficial.
     
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Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
I didn't say they'd preview it, but it will be released then.
Why would that be? If it's not going to be featured at the conference, what's the point in it coinciding?
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Dec 19, 2007, 10:47 PM
 
IDK, but they do it almost every year. Ask Mr. Jobs. If new hardware is released, it always ships with the updates released during Macworld.
     
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Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
IDK, but they do it almost every year. Ask Mr. Jobs. If new hardware is released, it always ships with the updates released during Macworld.
According to my trusty copy of MacTracker, Tiger was the only OS that had an update coinciding with MWSF.

10.1.2 5P48 December 21, 2001
10.1.3 5Q45 February 19, 2002
10.2.3 6G30 December 19, 2002
10.2.4 6I32 February 13, 2003
10.3.2 7D24 December 17, 2003
10.3.3 7F44 March 15, 2004
10.3.7 7S215 December 15, 2004
10.3.8 7U16 February 9, 2005
10.4.4 8G32 January 10, 2006 <-- The only January Mac OS X release to date
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Dec 20, 2007, 02:45 PM
 
How about iChat for my iPhone? Or Flash?????? It's ridiculous that neither of these things are out yet.
     
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Dec 20, 2007, 05:03 PM
 
Good luck with that. AT&T wouldn't have it.

How else are they going to wrack up SMS messages galore?
     
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Count each response as a text? That's what all the other companies do.
     
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Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
According to my trusty copy of MacTracker, Tiger was the only OS that had an update coinciding with MWSF.

10.1.2 5P48 December 21, 2001
10.1.3 5Q45 February 19, 2002
10.2.3 6G30 December 19, 2002
10.2.4 6I32 February 13, 2003
10.3.2 7D24 December 17, 2003
10.3.3 7F44 March 15, 2004
10.3.7 7S215 December 15, 2004
10.3.8 7U16 February 9, 2005
10.4.4 8G32 January 10, 2006 <-- The only January Mac OS X release to date
Hmm. You seem to be right. I think I'm thinking of NAB. But nonetheless, the release of 10.5.2 will coincide with Macworld.
     
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Dec 20, 2007, 08:31 PM
 
It's best to low-ball your predictions for the average Macworld. That is to say: no multi-touch tablets, no 3G iPhone, no media center, and no rentals.

I think there will be a new ultra-slim laptop, and that will be the only major release to speak of.

Rentals and a new iPhone will probably each have their own "special event" releases.
     
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Dec 20, 2007, 09:30 PM
 
No more Mini
Thinner MacBook Pros
Faster MacPros
Flat mouse to go with the flat keyboard
     
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Dec 20, 2007, 10:43 PM
 
A better video card in the iMac hopefully.
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Dec 20, 2007, 11:36 PM
 
faster mac pro - maybe new case?
thinner macbook w/ aluminum enclosure
new tablet-like laptop
     
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AT&T iPhone 5S and 6; 13" MBP; MDD G4.
     
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Dec 21, 2007, 03:10 AM
 
I predict Steve will wear plaid Bermuda shorts and a lime green golf shirt shucking off his hippie jeans and black mock turtle-neck image for a well polished k00L look.

Oh and a blast proof plastic see-thru MacBook.
     
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Dec 21, 2007, 03:29 AM
 
Four words: Blue Dalmation Mac Pro.
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Dec 21, 2007, 10:20 AM
 
I've been wondering if they incorporate true commercial hi-def optical disc support (Blu-ray and/or HD DVD), but my guess is no. If they did do it though, it'd come with a new Mac Pro (which is due for an update).

Oh and no 3G iPhone either yet.

Maybe a new small form factor pro laptop.

Quiet release of an updated Mac mini? Nah. Too early.

Maybe a new Xserve. (And yes they have announced Xserves at Macworld before.)

No iTablet.
     
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Originally Posted by Chuckit View Post
Four words: Blue Dalmation Mac Pro.
Nice.

What was the one I beat to death last year? Black headless iMac?
     
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AppleInsider: Apple to adopt Intel's ultra-mobile PC platform

People familiar with the matter tell AppleInsider that Apple will soon emerge as one of the largest supporters of Intel's "Menlow" Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform -- the same platform the Santa Clara-based chipmaker has been harping about for the past several months.

More specifically, those same people say, Apple has taken a liking to the upcoming 45-nanometer (nm) "Silverthorne" chip, agreeing to use it in not one but multiple products currently situated on its 2008 calendar year product roadmap.

Introduced at this year's Spring Intel Developer Forum (IDF) with availability slated for early 2008, Silverthorne is aimed specifically at cell phones, ultra-mobile PCs and other MIDs. The chip is expected to be as fast as the second-generation of Pentium M processors, but use only between half a watt and 2 watts of electrical power -- about one tenth as much as a typical notebook chip.
     
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Dec 22, 2007, 11:48 AM
 
A thinner Mac Mini.
     
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Dec 22, 2007, 02:17 PM
 
Black mock turtleneck.
Blue jeans.
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MP 2 x 2.8 and etc.
     
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Dec 22, 2007, 04:57 PM
 
No 3G iphone... that'll be out in early summer. Apple doesn't update items that were big xmas gifts right after xmas.

13" macbook pro.

Everything else? Who knows!

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Dec 24, 2007, 02:51 PM
 
Same old intro music.

Update on iPhone sales, making it look like everyone in the world wants one.

Cinema displays with iSights built in.

Faster MacBooks and MacBook Pros.

Movie rentals from iTunes which play on the Apple TV.

All in all, most people will be unimpressed. People will expect more - like a new tablet that everyone figures Apple will "get right" and everyone wants the "One More Thing" section to be something mind blowing. It won't be, and everyone will go back to life as usual.
     
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Dec 24, 2007, 03:06 PM
 
Um... alligator... surely you don't think they will overlook the Mac Pro... again...?
     
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That's the unimpressed part
     
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-Slightly updated Mac Pro with low end ATI graphics (x2400 or x2600 variant) and optional 8x00 nVidia card (since the current versions use low-end nVidia and higher end ATI). Faster processors; 4 and 8 core models. BTO BluRay drive.

-Some kind of a thin notebook; 13" MacBook Pro. No super ULV subnotebook ultralight. Minor refresh to 15" and 17" MacBook Pros to bring new-style function keys (like on the new Apple keyboards and the current revision of the MacBook).

-New Cinema displays w/ iSight and HDMI.

Nothing earth-shattering.
     
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Originally Posted by Cadaver View Post
Nothing earth-shattering.
I think that's the key. It's all going to be very nice, but nothing mind-blowing like the iPhone last year.

I do think most people will be pleased though.
     
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I'm going for a whole lot of small hardware updates... nothing too big except the ultra portable-MAYBE. But almost every Mac could get a little bit of love.
     
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Originally Posted by Jawbone54 View Post
I do think most people will be pleased though.
Yeah... right... the 'net will abound with the requisite whining and bitching as usual.
     
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Maybe I'm the only one wishing for a sub $2.5K MacPro?

I remember the old days where you could buy a $1.5K PowerMac. Oh well...
     
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We all "wish..."
     
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Cuz someone hadn't said it yet:

"I predict a lot of whining on the forums when their expectations aren't met."
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"a year ago, i had the privilege to stand here and introduce the revolutionary iphone."

... review of iphone specs, reviews, praise etc...

"so a year after we introduced iphone and only 6 months after we shipped it in june of 07...how'd we do?...well, with only half a year being on sale, we sold 4 million worldwide...."

"we are on target to sell 10 million iphones by the end of 2008."
     
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Originally Posted by ironknee View Post
"a year ago, i had the privilege to stand here and introduce the revolutionary iphone."

... review of iphone specs, reviews, praise etc...

"so a year after we introduced iphone and only 6 months after we shipped it in june of 07...how'd we do?...well, with only half a year being on sale, we sold 4 million worldwide...."

"we are on target to sell 10 million iphones by the end of 2008."
That's probably right on for what the first third of the event will be about.
     
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Originally Posted by imitchellg5 View Post
That's probably right on for what the first third of the event will be about.
*cue video of Steve Ballmer claiming how the iPhone is going to flop*
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Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Cuz someone hadn't said it yet:

"I predict a lot of whining on the forums when their expectations aren't met."
you forgot

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I'd like to see iTunes rentals available through the AppleTV. . .
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If they don't kill the Apple TV, they have to do Rentals to save it...
     
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Originally Posted by GSixZero View Post
Apple doesn't update items that were big xmas gifts right after xmas.
It's not quite for an update. However, Apple announced the iPod shuffle in MacWorld SF 2005.
     
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A thinner Macbook
     
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The PowerBook G5 and Mac mini G5. And a widescreen iBook.
     
 
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